Flu Wisdom Part 2: The Natural Way

I fell ill again. Yes, again. Ughhh! I don’t know if it was the same flu virus I had mentioned here, which I didn’t fully recover from, or, I had caught something new altogether. Either way, I was miserable — not quite as bad the first time — but still miserable.

I was adamant about not taking any of the antibiotics which my doctor had prescribed, in an attempt to recalibrate and strengthen my immune system, which I knew had been wrecked from years of over reliance on antibiotics + inconsistent lifestyle habits.  Because, my respiratory infection reared its ugly head just 2 {short} weeks from the first onset, I knew I had to take more constructive action.

Two things I did, which were instrumental in my recovery:

Turmeric Milk. The first thing I did was to start taking turmeric milk every.single.night. In-fact, I am sipping on a cup as I type this. Amongst a long list of highly beneficial properties, Turmeric is famed for its anti-inflammatory properties. By the third day, I began to feel a noticeable difference. Though the congestion was still present, it didn’t feel as ‘stuck’ compared to episodes in the past, and the pain from the inflammation was slightly more tolerable. Below is the simple recipe I used:

  • 1 cup of your choice of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
  • 2-3 organic black pepper corns, crushed

Gently heat milk up, add in the turmeric + crushed black pepper, stir everything up nicely, pour into your favourite mug, and enjoy! I take it on an empty stomach before bed, and it helps lull me to sleep. If you’re feeling fancy, you may also add in adaptogenic herbs and spices, such as cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, ashwagandha, ginseng, astragalus, reishi, holy basil, etc. Make it your own. 🙂

Note: The reason for adding black pepper is to boost the bioavailability of curcumin in turmeric. Black pepper helps to slow the gut  and liver down from neutralising the curcumin, allowing it to be absorbed by the blood stream. Another way to increase curcumin absorption is to take turmeric — which is fat soluble — with a little bit of fat – i.e. coconut oil. There is plenty of research done on this topic, and if you wish to learn more, I encourage you to explore some of these findings on the internet. 

R.C. essential oil from Young Living. This powerhouse, is a blend of Black Spruce, Cypress, three types of Eucalyptus oils (E. globulus, E. radiata, and E. citriodora), Myrtle, Marjoram, Pine, Lavender and Peppermint oils, which aims to strengthen the immune system, supports healthy lung function, and respiratory health. The scent alone is uplifting and invigorating, and does a great job easing you out from any sluggish and stagnant episodes. It’s the kind of oil you want diffusing in your room, when your cold is in full force, or if like me, your throat feels like its waging a war against you, and congestion is causing much discomfort. While it is recommended to be used diluted with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, I applied it neat on my throat, behind my ears, on both soles of my feet, and literally woke up feeling the best I had been, since the recurrence of the virus. My sore throat was gone, and my congestion had significantly reduced, granted, I had been taking turmeric milk for 4 nights prior — I feel it was a combination of both the aromatherapy + turmeric.

It has been a week now, and I’m back to feeling 100% — a much faster and smoother recovery than I had anticipated! Hooray! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the taste of turmeric milk, and fully intend to keep it a mainstay in my diet. As for essential oils, I have a long standing relationship with aromatherapy from childhood (thanks, Mum!) and life would not be the same without it.

Anyone else take turmeric milk too? What natural flu remedies do you use? I would love to hear your experiences! 🙂

Happy healing,
Clare xx

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